Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men were “lucky” to be awarded a late penalty in their 2-0 win in the League quarter-final first leg Europa against Granada on Thursday in Spain.
Man United looked set to regain a 1-0 lead at Old Trafford when they received a 90th minute penalty.
The referee ruled Granada’s Yan Eteki as having blocked Bruno Fernandes, who then converted the penalty.
Marcus Rashford scored for the Red Devils in the first period.
But Scholes believes Fernandes “tricked” the referee to get the penalty.
“He makes a meal of it. I think he’s lucky to get the penalty. Fortunately, the goalkeeper should do better, ”Scholes told BT Sport.
“You know how it feels, and it goes to VAR. They’re going to give it away because it’s not a clear and obvious mistake, and he hit it, so there’s no way they were going to undo it.
“Fernandes is doing very well to get the penalty, they will be very disappointed. He just felt where his player is, and the ball is far away from him anyway.
“It was always Cavani who was going to take the lead. Fernandes was very smart and he cheated on the referee, and he fell in love with it.
Man United will face Granada in the second leg next Thursday in England.